Melissa McCarthy is a comedic genius – and now she has the award to prove it.
The Spy and The Boss star, 45, was awarded the Comedic Genius Award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles this weekend. She’s the third recipient of the award, and its first female winner, after Will Ferrell was honored in 2013 and Kevin Hart was in 2015.
Hart (or as she called him, “The Rock’s assistant”) was on-hand to help McCarthy as she approached (or rather, crowd-surfed) to the stage to accept her award – and then knocking the popcorn award clear across the stage. (“That wasn’t a bit,” McCarthy said of the fumble.)
Once she collected herself, McCarthy thanked the female comedians who came before her – Lucille Ball, Bette Midler and Whoopi Goldberg – and also gave a shout-out to her mother for telling her not to be worried about being likable and to “lovingly go for the kill.”
As a “little P.S.” McCarthy also said, “Who knew Bruce Springsteen could get even cooler.” (Likely referencing his decision to cancel a concert in North Carolina after the state passed a law barring transgendered people from using bathrooms that don’t correspond with the gender on their birth certificate.)
“We love Melissa for her performances but she also writes, produces and directs comedy, so this award is incredibly well deserved,” Casey Patterson, an executive producer of the awards show, said in an earlier statement. “The most exciting thing about Melissa is how brave she is.”
A breakout in the 2011 smash Bridesmaids – and beloved for years before that as Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls – McCarthy has gone on to star in a string of comedy hits, including Tammy, Spy and The Heat, with Sandra Bullock.
She’ll appear this summer in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, alongside Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig.